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CHAPTER II. GROUT, SUFFRAGAN. It always pleases me, from my place at the College table, which is raised two feet above the rest, to contemplate the multitude whom it is our duty and our pleasure to keep in contentment and in health. It is a daily joy to watch them nocking, as you have seen them flock, to their meals. The heart glows to think of what we have done. I see the faces of all light up with satisfaction at the prospect of the food: it is the only thing that moves them. Yes: we have reduced life to its simplest form. Here is true happiness. Nothing to hope: nothing to fear except accident: a little work for the common preservation: a body of wise men always devising measures for the common good: food plentiful and varied: gardens for repose and recreation, both summer and winter: warmth: shelter: and the entire absence of all emotions. Why, the very faces of the People are growing all alike: one face for the men, and another for the women: perhaps, in the far-offfuture, the face of the man will approach nearer and nearer to that of the woman, and so all will be at last exactly alike, and the individual will exist, indeed, no more. Then there will be from first to last among the whole multitude neither distinction nor difference. It is a face which fills one with contentment, though it will be many centuries before it approaches completeness. It is a smooth face, there are no lines in it: it is a grave face, the lips seldom smile, and never laugh; the eyes are heavy, and move slowly: there has already been achieved, though the change has been very gradual, the complete banishment of that expression which has beenpreserved in every one of the ancient portraits, which may be usefully studied for purposes of contrast. Whatever the emotion attempted to be portrayed, and...